This Week in Marine Science

Written by on October 11, 2013 in Other News

Other stories worth reading this weekend:

A dozen foreign fishing vessels cited
Canadian inspectors with the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization recently issued 12 citations to vessels from the Russian Federation and the European union for overfishing. The season for redfish was closed on July 29 after the total allowable catch was reached, but the vessels continued to fish for up to two more days, catching more than 430 tonnes of redfish off the coast of Newfoundland.

Leatherback turtle hatchling.

Leatherback turtle hatchling,. Photo credit: Scott R. Benson, NMFS SFSC.

Awe-inspiring animal migrations that send people flocking
Check out some of these amazing migrations, including red crabs on Australia’s Christmas Island, sea turtle hatchlings, and humpback whales.

Government shutdown has chilling effects on Antarctic research
The U.S. Antarctic research program uses government-funded planes, ships and tractors to navigate across the frozen environment. Without that equipment, researchers fear their whole field season may be cancelled. The shutdown is also affecting other Antarctic projects, like NASA’s IceBridge campaign, which tracks yearly changes in the polar ice sheets.

Government shutdown threatens king crab season
The government shutdown is preventing permits required for king crab fishing to be distributed to fishing vessels. The permits designate catch quotas and without them, the vessels cannot leave the docks. This could result in a sharp increase in price for Alaskan king crab when the vessels start fishing.

How an ex-Mountie’s 10-year narwhal-tusk smuggling scheme came crashing down
Gregory Logan is a former Mountie who orchestrated the largest narwhal smuggling ring of modern times. Logan smuggled 250 narwhal tusks past a border station in Maine and then sent them through FedEx to recipients around the United States. Last week, Logan’s 10+ year scheme ended with “the largest penalty every handed down in Canada” for a wildlife offence.

Marine photography remains the domain of the professionals
Adam Welz is right. Forget those food pictures on Instagram and start looking for more marine photography because it can be truly amazing. Take a look at the photo gallery he compiled from the Oceans of Life photography competition 2013.

Norway protects ocean from drilling
The government of Norway has committed to protecting certain areas from offshore oil and gas exploration. This is considered a huge victory for the World Wildlife Fund and other activists who have fought for years to keep these valuable areas safe from drilling.

Scientists to explore Caribbean faults, volcanoes
Robert Ballard, the man whose research team discovered the Titanic shipwreck, is now leading a mission to investigate faults and underwater volcanoes around Puero Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the eastern Caribbean islands of Dominica and Montserrat. Using remotely operated vehicles, the team will explore the Puerto Rico trench, the Mona Rift, and the Septentrional fault.

Seal gives shark the slip in great white photo
The first time I saw this photo, I didn’t think it was real. Wildlife photographer David “Baz” Jenkins captured the exact moment when a little sea just barely escaped the open jaws of a great white shark. Amazing.

Great white shark.

Great white shark. Photo credit: gaftels via photopin cc.

Sharks: feared or revered – but very rarely understood
Many sharks are facing serious population declines, primarily due to human activities. Sharks have much more reason to fear us than we have to fear them, but that’s not the case. Check out this great piece on our relationship with sharks and the reason why they are in so much danger. There’s a great photo album that goes along with it.

Study: Everyone hates environmentalists and feminists
While not specific to ocean activists, a new study found that most people don’t want to be associated with environmentalists. The majority of participants in the study held strongly negative stereotypes about environmentalists and feminists. The feelings of dislike were strongest for those considered ‘typical’ environmentalists who held rallies or protests.

Y&R shanghai: wooden shark coffins by handsome wong
A disturbing but powerful piece of artwork is being shown in public places to expose the issue of shark finning. In collaboration with IFAW, Y&R shanghai created a shark-sized coffin with fins protruding out of the sides. So far, more than 49,000 people have signed a petition pledging not to eat shark fins at the exhibition.

Also, Macy’s recently announced that it will have a SeaWorld float at this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and many people are not happy about it. If you don’t want to see a SeaWorld float, you can sign the petition here.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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